In early December, Melissa Perry, Conexus Director of Community Programs and Public Health, and Dr. Evan Silverstein, Conexus Board Member and Pediatric Ophthalmologist at VCU Medical Center, were appointed to a Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Workgroup to focus on the impact of digital devices in the classroom. This workgroup is the result of legislation sponsored by Delegate Patrick Hope (2020 HB817).
In addition to staff from VDOE and Conexus, this group also includes Dr. Percita Ellis, Rockbridge Area Health Center, Joanna Pitts, Virginia Department of Health; Jacquelyn Wilmoth, VA Board of Nursing, Department of Health; and Dr. Bela Sood, MD Psychiatrist.
This workgroup’s goal is to develop, in collaboration with the Department of Health and medical professional societies, and distribute health and safety best practice guidelines for the use of digital devices in public schools no later than the 2021-2022 school year.
Read the full press release HERE.